Like many people out there, I began this year wanting to lose weight. I also began last year wanting to lose weight. And the year before that. And the year before that.
I feel fortunate that I don’t have to lose 50 pounds. No, it’s just those stubborn few pounds that find their way to me over the years. I would be happy if I could lose 10 pounds. Thrilled if I could lose 15.
I was happy to review the “Cinch” diet that is popular lately. I did its 5-day “fast forward,” during which I could lose “up to 7 pounds!”
Well, after 5 days of eating nothing but berries, plain yogurt, nuts, eggs, and spinach, I did lose 3.5 pounds. However, after that I gained 2 back.
I looked through the “regular” part of the diet and decided that it just wasn’t practical to follow that while at the same time cooking things the rest of the family would actually eat.
So, I came up with a plan: I would lose one pound a month for the rest of the year.
One pound a month! It’s very do-able.
One pound a month doesn’t sound too exciting. I calculated what my weight would be at the end of January – eh. Then I thought ahead to the end of May: that was better. Then, thinking ahead to my birthday in October – I would have lost the 10 pounds! Woo hoo!
I encourage you to try it. At this point, I have lost 2 pounds this month, so I’ve “done” February as well 🙂
I like this method because it doesn’t call for a drastic change – just small things that make up a step in the right direction.
Here’s to ten pounds less for each of us by year’s end. You can do it!